acapella vs a capella vs a cappella : Common Errors in English

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In referring to singing unaccompanied by instruments, the traditional spelling is the Italian one, a cappella: two words, two Ps, two Ls. The Latin spelling a capella is learned; but in the realm of musical terminology, we usually stick with Italian. The one-word spelling “acapella” is widely used by Americans, including by some performing groups; but this is generally regarded by musical experts as an error.

a cappella Meaning(s)

  • (s) sung without instrumental accompaniment
  • (r) without musical accompaniment

acapella in News

  1. Watch Karmin's 'Acapella' Lyric Video

    Karmin declare their independence in "Acapella." We haven't heard much from pop duo Karmin since their "Sleigh Ride" Christmas video. But not only is the adorable IRL couple slated to head out on tour with the Jonas Brothers this summer, but the not-so-"Brokenhearted" pair is back with a brand-new single and lyric video, titled "Acapella." [...]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: MTV

  2. Karmin Sings 'Acapella' on New Single: Listen

    YouTube darlings-turned-Top 20 auteurs Karmin have returned with a new single, "Acapella," that will preview the duo's forthcoming album on Epic...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Billboard

  3. Karmin Premieres New Song 'Acapella' - Listen Now!

    Check out Karmin‘s brand new song “Acapella”! The pop duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan premiered the track on Z100 on Monday morning (June 10) in New York City. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Karmin “We’re on our way to @Z100NewYork to premiere our new single #Acapella on @ElvisDuranShow, in 5 minutes!! [...]
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Just Jared Jr.

a capella in News

  1. Afternoon Palate Cleanser: 'Get Lucky' Through the Ages

    We know, we know... We just posted a "Get Lucky" cover (a pretty terrific a capella one) yesterday, but in case you hadn't noticed, the Internet, the radio, and Internet radio are all about Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," and will be for the foreseeable future. Now, please appreciate this awesome trip through the 20th century via different, period-appropriate versions of the song, beginning with the ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: SFist

  2. Boyce Avenue And Fifth Harmony Cover Bruno Mars' 'When I Was Your Man' (VIDEO)

    How It's Different: In their latest cover, Boyce Avenue and Fifth Harmony have taken on Bruno Mars' piano-based breakup ballad, singing it mostly a capella with a little help from Boyce's electric guitar.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Huffington Post

  3. Afternoon Palate Cleanser: 'Get Neefy'

    Earlier we brought you the acoustic version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" by Atlas Genius , but 24-year-old Oliver has done them one better, doing this Petra Haden -style, one-man a capella "mouthstep" version, complete with vocalized instrumentation. It's pretty rad. [ more › ]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: SFist

a cappella in News

  1. The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida Offering “Stars and Stripes Package ...

    The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort in Northeast Florida is offering a "Stars and Stripes Package" for July 5th weekend festivities, which includes a concert by renowned a cappella group VoicePlay, a grand buffet dinner, preferred outdoor seating to see the fireworks, and AAA Four-Diamond accommodations. Tickets to the buffet and concert also are available.; (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. PHS PERSPECTIVE: A cappella auditions to take place next week

    Princeton High School boasts an array of four student-run a cappella groups. They are Around Eight, the only co-ed group, two all-female groups The Cat’s Meow and Cloud Nine, and one all-male group, The Testostertones.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Princeton Packet

  3. Watch: Kanye Performs "New Slaves" A Cappella, Confirms "On Site" Features Daft Punk

    Kanye West held another listening session tonight, this time in Switzerland. As Consequence of Sound points out, he performed an a cappella rendition of "New Slaves". He also played a version of "On Site", which he confirmed Daft Punk worked on. The video starts with him saying, "I feel almost like Steve Jobs giving one of those addresses." After the NYT profile , that's at least two Steve Jobs ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pitchfork

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